Pepperdine Rallies Past Texas A&M 2-1 to Win Series
Eric Karch Gets Win in Relief; Michael Swanner Completes Second Save vs. Aggies
Feb. 24, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Pepperdine posted another comeback win at Texas A&M to secure the series victory in a 2-1 triumph Sunday afternoon at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The Waves (6-2) broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning at the expense of the Aggies (5-3).
Friday night, Pepperdine used a two-run eighth to seize a 5-3 win in the opener. On Sunday the Waves trailed 1-0 entering the seventh. The Waves pushed across the equalizer after Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) slapped a leadoff double to left center and then advanced to third on a groundout. The junior outfielder scored on a wild pitch by Rafael Pineda to tie the contest at one.
Making just his second career collegiate start, Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) did not factor in the decision but pitched well for the Waves, allowing one run off six hits and struck out one and walked one in 6.0 innings. Pineda did earn a decision either, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run off six hits and struck out three Waves.
Deadlocked at 1-1, Pepperdine turned to its bullpen in the seventh. Eric Karch (Clovis, Calif./Clovis East HS) worked out of a bases loaded jam with just one away in the inning. After a leadoff single by the Aggies, Karch walked two, but recovered to get back-to-back flyouts to end the threat. The eighth was also stressful after consecutive singles and a bunt gave Texas A&M runners at second and third with one out, but Karch got out of it with an inning-ending double play to keep the score knotted headed to the top of the ninth.
Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) led off with a single. Running for Meyer, Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) advanced to second on a sacrifice by Amezquita. Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) plated Hacker on an RBI groundout to make the score 2-1.
This set the stage for Michael Swanner (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), who came on for the Waves in the ninth. Swanner worked around a one-out walk to induce a game-ending double play, good for his second save in as many opportunities against the Aggies. Karch (3-0) earned the win in relief.
Nate Johnson (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) finished 2-for-3, including his fifth double of the year, to go along with a walk.
Pepperdine returns to action when it completes its Texas road trip Tuesday, Feb. 26 with a showdown against Baylor. First pitch against the Bears is set for 4:30 p.m. (PT) at Baylor Ballpark.